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East Asia Forum

Why there are no grand alliances in Asia

A worker adjusts an ASEAN flag at a meeting hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 October 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Lim Huey Teng).

Author: Evan Laksmana, NUS The outlines of the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy are emerging. Public comments from administration figures indicate that the US is seeking to build more bespoke or ad hoc regional coalitions – such as the Quad and…

Iran on the go with the SCO

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi delivers a speech during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 17 September, 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Didor Sadulloev).

Author: Jingdong Yuan, University of Sydney At its most recent meeting in Tajikistan this September, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) started a formal process to grant Iran full membership. This will be the second time the organisation expands after accepting…